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Why You Should Add Inflatable Slides to Your Rental Lineup

Posted By : Gary Simon Date Created : November 1st, 2018 Date Updated : November 8th, 2018

Across the country, event planners and hosts rely on inflatable rental companies to add life to the party. Renting out commercial-grade inflatables can be a lucrative business venture, especially for those who want to own their own small business. Most rental operations start with a small collection of bounce houses – the classic inflatable product – and these products are incredibly popular with customers. As the business grows, many business owners look to add to their inventory, giving them the opportunity to reach more customers and to provide inflatables for more events throughout the year.

Inflatable slides are fun and colorful additions to the rental lineup. Here, we’ll check out a few of the most popular inflatable slide models and take a detailed look at the features that make these stand out from the competition.

Inflatable Slides: The Basics

Before we introduce some of the most popular models of inflatable slides, it is useful to understand the major features of these products. There are two primary types: wet/dry slides and dry-only slides. Construction of the two types is the same, with heavy-gauge vinyl material and stitching used throughout to provide lasting durability. Each type features a main body and the slide itself, configured in single or multiple slide lanes. A climbing ramp or ladder is found alongside the slide lanes, or can be mounted to the side or the back of the inflatable unit.

The real difference between the two slide types is in the added feature of the wet/dry slides, which come with a splash pool at the base of the slide instead of an inflatable bumper. Wet/dry slides can be used with water when the weather is warm, or the splash pool can be removed for dry operation in cooler conditions. Dry-only slides can be used year-round, and are a great way to add fun to any party or event where children are expected to be in attendance.

The Swirly Tropical Waterslide

Incredible thrills are in store for youngsters when the Swirly Tropical Waterslide is part of an outdoor event. This model is unique in its configuration, with a long single-lane slide that wraps around the central splash pool. A climbing ramp is located on the side of the unit, bringing riders to the top of the slide. The tropical theme is brought to life with vibrant colors and the addition of decorative inflatable palm trees, one flanking each side of the slide top. View product

Double Lane Fire Marble Slide with Pool

This inflatable creation uses marbled-pattern industrial-strength vinyl fabric in the main body of the slide to give it a hot lava appearance. Towering 20 feet overhead, this model features two separate slide lanes, each with its own small splash pool at the bases of the slides. A centrally-located climbing ladder leads riders to the top, where they may then choose which lane to slide down. Race head-to-head with friends, or simply enjoy the cooling thrills that this colorful commercial grade inflatable product provides. View product

Cheerful Double Lane Slide

Designed for dry operation, this inflatable slide features bright primary colors and a double-lane slide for fun solo or with friends. Each slide lane is protected with a mesh top panel and high bolstered sides for added safety. The climbing ramp to the top is located adjacent to the lanes; at the top, riders may choose which lane to slip down. For a colorful injection of thrills at your next event, a quality inflatable slide from Jungle Jumps is just the ticket. View product

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Wet vs. Dry Inflatable Slides: The Features and Differences

Posted By : Gary Simon Date Created : Date Updated : November 8th, 2018

Inflatable slides are some of the best ways to provide fun and entertainment for young event guests. Just like bounce houses and interactives, inflatable slides are popular with children, allowing for endless hours of thrills at outdoor parties and events throughout the year. There are many types of slide, each with its own features and applications. In this guide, we’ll take a look at wet/dry and dry-only slides, giving you the information you need to make your next event a hit.

Inflatable Slides: Design and Construction Basics

Designers of inflatable products work overtime to come up with incredible styles and configurations, giving consumers an incredible selection to choose from. For slides, several features go into the design and construction that make them unique in the inflatables industry.

After coming up with the design, including colors, shapes, and configurations, the construction process begins. Every commercial-grade inflatable slide begins as sheets of heavy-duty vinyl fabric. The manufacturer cuts these sheets into panels according to a detailed pattern. Then, the panels are sewn together using multi-filament nylon thread for lasting durability.

No matter what type of slide, there are three major components: the body, the slide lane or lanes, and the climbing ramp. The body is the “footprint” of the inflatable, providing for a stable base on which the entire unit depends on for structural support. The slide lanes are where the fun begins – some models have single lanes, while others may have dual lanes or even multiples. The slide lanes may be straight or may curve around the body of the inflatable. The lanes are typically lined with a slick-finish vinyl material to make them extra slippery. Finally, there is the climbing ramp, which is typically located alongside the slide lanes, but may be found on the side or back of the unit. Some models feature two slide lanes flanking a central climbing ramp. The climbing ramp gives riders the ability to get to the top of the slide easily.

Wet/Dry vs. Dry-Only Inflatable Slides

After browsing through pages of inflatable slide models, many people may wonder what the differences between wet/dry slides and dry-only slide models are. While the design, construction, and general configuration is the same between these two categories of slide, there are differences in the final product. Wet/dry slides are equipped with splash pools at their slide lane bases, while dry-only slides may have a high bumper, an inflatable wall, or a small ramp. Wet/dry slides may also have a loop or attachment for a water hose near the top of the slide body, helping to keep the slide lanes wet for slippery thrills.

Dry slides are popular with consumers, as they can be used anywhere – in the backyard, at festivals, or even indoors if space permits. Schools and community organizations often host indoor events, and a waterslide simply isn’t appropriate for indoor use. On the other hand, wet/dry slides can offer fun that simply can’t be had with other slide models. The wet/dry slides can be used with the splash pools in warmer months, or the splash pools can be removed during cooler weather, allowing for dry operation. This gives incredible versatility, and many people prefer this style, especially if they expect to host parties all year long. On a hot summer’s day, nothing beats splashing and slipping on a commercial-grade inflatable slide!

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Should You Add a Water Slide to Your Rental Units

Posted By : Gary Simon Date Created : March 31st, 2013 Date Updated : May 30th, 2018

Multi Color Excalibur CastleYou’ve owned a bounce house rental business for a little while and you think you are ready to add some new units. It’s fun to look at all the different units each bounce house manufacturer website has available as the unit seem to change on a yearly basis. You’re scrolling through the pages when suddenly you come upon an inflatable slide. You realize that you’ve been thinking about getting an inflatable slide for a while, but you posit hesitate once you see that the slide is actually on the page promoting and inflatable waterslides sale.

It is actually amazing to see how many successful bounce house rental business owners hesitate when it comes to adding an inflatable waterslide to their collection. But why would someone who owns a successful bounce house business be so concerned about adding this type of inflatable unit? It’s a good question, and the only answer that we seem to be able to come up with is that the business owners are worried that children will be more likely to get injured on a waterslide than they would in the bounce house. The truth is, however, if you know how to safely use an inflatable waterslide it is just as safe as an inflatable bounce house is.

There are number of reasons why it is a good idea to purchase a waterslide when you come upon an inflatable waterslides sale, starting with the fact that you be able to easily and quickly diversify your business. Not only will you be able to offer units that children can jump around in, you will also be able to offer units that children can get wet in as well. There is nothing better on a hot day then being able to climb up on top of a gigantic inflatable unit and to slide down the same unit splashing into crisp, cool water. When it is time for you to expand your business, think about adding an inflatable waterslide. You will find that not only are your clients intrigued by your new option, but also that they are more likely to rent the slide simply because it is something new and different that they have not yet seen.

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Adding a Partner to Your Bounce House Business

Posted By : Gary Simon Date Created : February 17th, 2013 Date Updated : May 30th, 2018

Double Bounce HouseThere are many business people who have been able to climb up the ladder of success on their own. If you do a bit of research, however, you will notice that most of the people that have become very successful have had a lot of help along the way. Some of them have help in the form of employees and others have help in the form of partners. A partnership is often a great idea when it comes to the business world because it means you are able to have someone else share the responsibility that you undertake when you start a business. Any business has a huge amount of responsibility, and having a partner to help when it comes to doing things like looking for an affordable double inflatable slide for sale and managing the book works can definitely help. But should you add a partner, and if you do how do you go about it?

Adding a Partner

No successful business owner will tell you that it is a good idea to add a partner to an already thriving business if you do not have much background on that partner. For instance if your business had been running for five years and was fairly successful and someone were to come up to you and were to suggest being added on as a partner, you should probably say no. Unless that person has something significant to offer your business that will truly help to take it to the next level, is almost never a good idea to add a partner to a business that is already considered to be successful.

That, however, does not mean that there is never a good reason to add a partner. If you find that you’re having a difficult time handling the responsibilities that come along with your business, or if you find that your business is not being managed the way you think you should be, it may be a good time to add a partner. Adding a partner is not always easy and will definitely require the help of a lawyer, so keep that in mind. Also, it is never a smart idea to add a partner to your business without some sort of financial investment on their part. You may, for example, want to make them purchase the next double inflatable slide for sale as well as some other inflatable items. Make sure that any partner is as invested in the business as you are before you even think about approaching a lawyer.

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Leaving a Commercial Inflatable Slide at a Clients Home

Posted By : Gary Simon Date Created : October 28th, 2012 Date Updated : May 30th, 2018

ATV Bounce HouseWhen you start a bounce house business, one of the last things that may be on your mind is figuring out what you were going to do with your bounce house if you are unable to go to the clients house to retrieve it. When you first start renting out things like commercial inflatable slides, you will likely have only a few units that you need to rent out. This means that should be easy for you to set up, and pick up, units on the very same day they are rented. As your business grows, however, you will likely find that it is much more difficult to set up an retrieve the unit on the same day. What happens then?

First, check with the client who rented the unit and ask them if it is possible for you to leave the unit at their home overnight. That is, if the weather is planning on being sunny, of course. If rain is expected, it is extremely important to make sure that you get the unit down and packed away so that he can stay dry even if that means recruiting some friends or family to help you. It is much better to have the commercial inflatable slide packed messily then to have it extremely soaked.

If the weather is going to be sunny and your customer has no problem with keeping the unit overnight, it’s important that you realize that you will need to give them some sort of a benefit for keeping the unit for you overnight. This can be as simple as allowing them to keep the unit inflated and to continue jumping on it through the night, and into the next morning if they would like to, without you charging them any extra amount. This can be great for families who have children as they will feel like they are able to truly get their money’s worth, and because they will feel this way it’s likely that they will tell their friends and family about your business getting you more potential customers. It’s almost impossible to run a large business alone, and if you get to the point when you are leaving the commercial inflatable slide at a customer’s house overnight more often than not, that may be a signal that you need to hire some help, which means that your business is growing and expanding and is definitely a good thing!

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